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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA) Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 16 November 2015 - Christened 1 April 2017
    Launched 23 April 2017

    Commissioned 1 December 2018

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Thomas Hudner DDG-116 Covers Page 1     (2015-2019)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark or
Cover Image
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Locy Type
FDC 11-2n (USS,
FPO AA 34087)


Commissioning, cachet by Thad W. Kaczkowski.


Locy Type
11-2n (USS,
FPO AA 34087)


Collectors request, cachet by Dennis W. Gill.


Locy Type
12-2n (USS,
FPO AA 34087)


Collectors request by Foster E.Miller, III.

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"Commissioning Sta."

Boston MA


Commissioning, postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Darcy L. Richmond, sponsored by McIntosh Cachets


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Captain Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr., USN (31 August 1924 - 13 November 2017)
Named in honor of U.S. naval aviator Thomas Hudner, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in trying to save the life of his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.

Capt. Hudner's military awards are the Medal of Honor, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 star, the Korean Service Medal with 1 star, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with palm, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Korea Medal, the Korean War Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Capt. Hudner also wears The Naval Aviator Badge.

Capt. Hudner's wingman, Ensign Brown, was remembered with the commissioning of the USS Jesse L. Brown FF-1089

The ships sponsors will be Georgea Hudner, wife of Capt. Hudner, and Barbara Miller, wife of retired Vice Adm. Michael Miller, former superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.



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